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In June 2017, Pinnacle Financial Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ: PNFP) closed a $1.9 billion merger with BNC Bancorp (NASDAQ: BNCN) pursuant to which BNC merged with and into Pinnacle. With the completion of the transaction, Pinnacle becomes a Top 50 U.S. Bank. The merger will create a four state footprint concentrated in 12 of the largest urban markets in the Southeast. 

Bass, Berry & Sims has served Pinnacle as primary corporate and securities counsel for more than 15 years and served as counsel on the transaction. Our attorneys were involved in all aspects related to the agreement, including tax, employee benefits and litigation. 

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Regulation A+

It seems that lately there has been a noticeable uptick in Regulation A+ activity, including several recent Reg A+ securities offerings where the stock now successfully trades on national exchanges. In light of this activity, we have published a set of FAQs about Regulation A+ securities offerings to help companies better understand this "mini-IPO" offering process, as well as pros and cons compared to a traditional underwritten IPO.

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Mary Leigh Pirtle

Associate

Nashville
(615) 742-7773 TEL
(615) 742-2806 FAX

Mary Leigh Pirtle

Associate

Nashville
(615) 742-7773 TEL
(615) 742-2806 FAX
Nashville
(615) 742-7773 TEL
(615) 742-2806 FAX

Mary Leigh Pirtle helps employers navigate complicated and evolving employment law issues. With experience in both traditional labor and employment litigation, Mary Leigh has represented employers against claims ranging from wage and hour violations to Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) violations.

Working with human resources professionals and in-house counsel at companies of all sizes, Mary Leigh's practice involves:

  • Employment Law – Drafting employment agreements and restrictive covenants, advising clients on discipline, discharge of employees and employee relations, and drafting policies and employee handbooks.
  • Labor & Employment Litigation – Representing employers in complaints related to non-compete/non-solicitation agreements, workers' compensation and unemployment insurance, reductions in force, wrongful discharge, discrimination and civil rights, and wage and hour compliance.

Mary Leigh is also a former assistant attorney general for the state of Tennessee, where she represented Tennessee consumers against violations of Tennessee's Consumer Protection Statute and represented the interests of Tennessee consumers of investor-owned utility companies. Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Mary Leigh practiced at the Nashville law office of King & Ballow.

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Stetson University — Victor O. Wehle Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy

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